Itinerary Day 1 - 2
Eastern Cape Coastal Route

Rietbron is a Lilliputian village that is all about big hearted people. It is also the central hub of the farming community that earns its living by producing Mohair. This Karoo town offers opportunities to enjoy silence, scenery, sunsets, and fresh air. 

©Jacques Marais
Mountain Biking in Eastern Cape.

Willowmore is not just a gateway to the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site, but a town steeped in history. Visit one of the local shebeens, the Bakers Dam, or Aasvoëlberg. You can also visit the tiny settlement of Vondeling, near Willowmore where Optel Crafts has brought unexpected blessings to the 30 families living there.

The Baviaanskloof offers deep valleys, offset against towering peaks, lush riverine forestry against dry Karoo tumble-weeds and snow-white beaches alongside clear, bronze waters. The broader Baviaanskloof area is one of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity, including seven of South Africa’s eight biomes. 

This natural treasure has led to part of the area being declared a World Heritage Site.  For the nature enthusiast the Kloof offers fauna and flora seldom matched anywhere else in the world. From the seldom seen leopards and buffalos, through various antelope species to the ever-present baboons and tortoises. An overnight stay in the Kloof is a must with accommodation options ranging from camping, to caves to quaint guesthouses. 

Steytlerville is well known for its Karoo hospitality, traditional food and a laid-back atmosphere. Crossing the cultural divide has been a main focus in Steytlerville, and many of the accommodation establishments offer tours that allow visitors to experience the community way of life. The main street has flags featuring local family crests. It has many interesting architectural showpieces including Victorian and Edwardian houses.